A J-15 fighter jet lands on the deck of the PLA Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning during military drills in the Bohai Sea, off China's northeast coast, in December last year. Photo: AFP

China’s aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets

PLA Navy’s J-15s, based on a Soviet design more than 30 years old, are world’s heaviest carrier-based fighters

Topic |   China's military weapons

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A J-15 fighter jet lands on the deck of the PLA Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning during military drills in the Bohai Sea, off China's northeast coast, in December last year. Photo: AFP
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.